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Max Simon Nordau, famous Jewish author, died at his home on Rue Henner early this afternoon. His wife, his daughter Maxa, and his friend and physician Dr. Alexander Marmerack were at his bedside. Dr. Nordau was 74 years of age.
The declining days of this noted savant and Zionist leader were ##d. He continued to live in town in poor circumstances, not having sufficient funds to take a place on the country-side even during the summer. Owing to his illness Dr. Nordau completely stopped writing over a year ago, leaving unfinished a big work on philosophy.
Too proud to be the object of anyone’s munificence, Dr. Nordau refused to consid even the possibility of financial aid which the Zionist Organization offered him on various occasions. His only means of subsistance is said to have been a punctual remittance of the monthly salary from the "Nacion" of Buenos Aires, although he discontinued his articles 18 months ago. Every remittance from the editor of the Argentine paper was accompanied by expressions of solicitude for the state of his health.
Born in Budapest July 29, 1849 to Gabriel Suedfeld, sometime a Rabbi in Prussia, later engaged as teacher in Budapest, Max Simon Nordau received his elementary education including that in Latin, Greek and Hebrew from his father. He later attended the University in his native city. His literary activities were begun as a ### of fourteen. He worked at journalism until 1874 when he completed his medical course, and was later traveling correspondent for the Frankforter Zeitung, Vossische Zeitung, Pesther Lloyd, and Wiener Medizieni scher Wochenschrift. His notable works include Degeneration, Conventional Lies of Mankind, Paradoxes. Paris Under the Third Republic, Selected Letters from Paris, and a Jewish play entitled "Doctor Kohn."
In 1897 Dr. Nordau was called by Dr. Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, to aid him in propagating the Zionist ideal. From the first Zionist Congress at Basle in 1897 and for several succeeding congresses, Dr. Nordau’s survey of Jewish conditions in all lands was regarded as the keynote address of those gatherings. His interest in Zionism continued unabated to the last, although he gave up active leadership during the years following the war, both by reason of the state of his health and because of disagreement with some of the policies of the present leaders. Dr. Nordau has always favored a more aggressive policy, protesting that modern Zionism was gradually losing sight of the first principles as enunciated by Herzl.
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